Raytheon Rolling Airframe Missile Selected For Korean Navy Ships
(Source : Raytheon Company; issued Dec. 17, 2002)


TUCSON, Ariz. --- Raytheon Company has been awarded a $32.3 million contract by the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy to provide Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) guided missile weapon systems for the next three KDX-2 (Batch 2) multipurpose destroyers and the first of class LPX Amphibious Assault Ship.

This is the second sale of the RAM weapon system in Korea. Raytheon's RAM weapon system continues to provide the ROK Navy with vital defense against anti-ship missiles and will strengthen the ROK Navy multi-layer.

The first RAM System has been successfully installed onboard KDX-II Ship 1 and is awaiting at-sea integration testing scheduled for next year. The ROK is the third nation to purchase and deploy the RAM Weapon System, which was cooperatively developed and produced by the United States and Germany.

Under a direct commercial sale contract, Raytheon will deliver four RAM MK 49 MOD 3 21-round launcher systems beginning in April 2005, and will provide training, logistics support and technical integration services. A complement of RAM RIM 116A missiles will be procured at a later date under a separate contract.

RAM is a lightweight, quick-reaction, ship self defense weapon system and is presently deployed on more than 30 U.S. and 25 German ships. More than 60 additional U.S. and German installations are planned, to include amphibious ship classes, frigates, destroyers, and fast patrol boats, with further expansion into other allied navies.

RAM's passive dual mode (infrared and radio frequency), autonomous missile provides high firepower since no shipboard support is required after launch. The RIM 116A missile selected by Korea has completed its U.S. Navy operational test program and continues full rate production in order to satisfy U.S. Navy and foreign navy self-defense requirements. RAM continues to be selected as the weapon of choice by the Republic of Korea Navy for anti-ship missile defense.

With headquarters in Lexington, Mass., Raytheon Company is a global technology leader in defense, government and commercial electronics, and business and special mission aircraft.

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